Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender News


Broad Package of Bills Introduced that will Strengthen Civil Rights for Transgender Individuals in New Jersey

Assemblywoman Valerie Vainieri Huttle hailed the decision by the Boy Scouts of America to include transgender scouts, a move that came just hours after she introduced a broad package of bills on Monday, January 30 that will strengthen civil rights for transgender individuals in New Jersey.


LGBT Advocates Hope Expanded Infertility Coverage Is Just the Start

Posted with permission from NJ Spotlight. The head of Garden State Equality says a lawsuit by three lesbian couples has put a spotlight on the health needs of the gay community A federal lawsuit claiming a state regulation discriminates against gay couples seeking insurance coverage for infertility treatments may have sparked action on a potential

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LGBT Activist Siena Malmad Launches Teen Pride

This year’s Jersey City Pride reports to be “more than an event, we are a movement.” And fourteen year old Siena Malmad is testimony to that. On August 25 from 7-10 pm, Malmad is launching Teen Pride, an interactive art, spoken word and music festival featuring LGBTQ and ally teen artists and performers ages 13-19 at

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Jersey City’s LGBT Pride Festival Co-Chair: Eduardo Baez #dayinthelifejc

This is the seventh profile in a series for the #dayinthelifejc JCI Instagram take over, brought to you by Honey and Moon Photography and the Jersey City Independent. Meet Eduardo “Eddie” Baez, a social worker, co-chair of Jersey City’s LGBT Pride Festival, co-founder of Gayborhood Jersey City, and a local LGBT & HIV/AIDS activist. Eddie will

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Burnt LGBT Pride Flag Found at Local Business

The flower box outside of Anatalie David’s business was initially decorated with a rainbow LGBT pride flag in commemoration of (and show solidarity to) the victims of the shooting at PULSE nightclub in Orlando. In fact, in preparation for Jersey City’s Vigil for Orlando, quite a few downtown businesses proudly displayed rainbow flags in their

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Jersey City’s Vigil for Orlando

Every Sunday morning, Michael Billy and his husband watch CNN over breakfast. This past Sunday, like so many of us, they watched reporting on the largest mass shooting in our country’s history. And like so many of us, they were devastated. “We were also angry,” says Billy, “because it was so clearly a targeted attack on the LGBT community, but

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PHOTOS: Jersey City Pride Festival 2015

August 29 was warm and sunny and the perfect day for The 15th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival. The event, co-hosted and organized by Gayborhood Jersey City and Humanity Pride—took place on Newark Avenue between the PATH Station Plaza and Jersey Avenue. (Last year it was held in front of city hall.) Approximately 9,000

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Where are all the lesbians? At Girl Meet in Jersey City

Every third Thursday of the month there is a gathering of forces in Jersey City. It could be at LITM, Porto Lounge,  or even the Biergarten…but what you will notice is that there are a lot of women congregated in one spot. Welcome to “Girl Meet”—the first official “Meetup” group for lesbians in Jersey City.

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Jersey City Locals React to Supreme Court Ruling in Favor of Marriage Equality

Rainbow Flag and American Flag at City Hall, Jersey City Pride 2014 – Photo Steve Gold, © Harmony Media, NJ Friday, June 26, was a historic day. The Supreme Court ruled to extend equal marriage rights to same-sex couples across the country. As a result, rainbow flags, the hashtag #lovewins, photos of same-sex couples and

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Supreme Court Ruled Same-Sex Couples Can Legally Marry Nationwide

Earlier today the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples can legally marry nationwide. It’s a historic day for LGBT rights and for full equality for all Americans.


LGBT Wedding Expo Celebrates Equality

Cindy Sproul, co-founder of RWN, welcomes attendees Approximately 250 attended this year’s 2nd Annual Same Love, Same Rights LGBT Wedding Expo on Sunday, Jan. 11. LGBT couples that attended the event could plan their wedding, honeymoon and future family options as the expo featured more than 20 vendors.  Vendors included: venue options, photographers/videographers, DJ and

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LGBT Wedding Expo Returns to Jersey City

The 2nd Annual ‘Same Love, Same Rights’ LGBT Wedding Expo will be held at the Liberty House Restaurant, 76 Audrey Zapp Dr., on Sunday, Jan. 11, from 12:30 to 3:30 pm. This event will include: ceremony planning tips, music and more than 20 LGBT friendly wedding professionals. Cindy Sproul, one of the founders of the

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PHOTOS: 14th Annual Jersey City Pride Festival

The 14th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival was held on Saturday, Oct. 25, at Jersey City City Hall. The 2014 Pride Festival was a culmination of a week long LGBT-activities. There was no official attendance number at time of publication for the festival, which was hosted by Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride

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LGBT Pride Festival and Week Returns to Jersey City

The 14th Annual Jersey City LGBT Pride Festival will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25, from noon to 6 pm. This year’s festivities will take place on Grove Street in front of City Hall. Lady Clover Honey will be the ‘Empress of Ceremonies.’ According to Hudson Pride’s website, Honey is “one of the most versatile,

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Pint Bar Launches Controversial “Discrimination Sucks” Campaign

Wolf Sterling, owner of Pint Bar downtown (34 Wayne Street), has taken it upon himself to do something about the discriminatory laws faced by the LGBT community in Arizona and Kansas. In an effort to raise awareness, Sterling posted the above sign outside his business and on the bar’s Facebook page, and he hopes others will do the same.


PHOTOS: First Same Sex Marriages in Jersey City

(above) First Same-Sex Couples to Marry in Jersey City with Mayor Steve Fulop (center) On behalf of the Jersey City Independent, I congratulate all the couples who were the first to get married earlier this morning in Jersey City and throughout the State of New Jersey. It was already a great day to celebrate history

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Supporters of Same Sex Marriage Plan to Rally in Jersey City at City Hall

A rally, organized by Hudson Pride Connections Center and Humanity Pride Productions, plans on continuing the effort for marriage equality. The rally set for tomorrow, October 4 at 7:30 pm on the steps of City Hall, comes on the heels of a Supreme Court Judge ordering New Jersey to allow same-sex marriages. “We need to continue

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NJ Supreme Court Judge Rules in Favor of Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Garden State

New Jersey soon may no longer be one of the only two states in the northeast region not to recognize marriage equality. Judge Mary Jacobson of the Mercer County Superior Court ruled today that given the federal Supreme Court decision granting recognition to marriage for same-sex couples, New Jersey’s system of civil unions is inherently

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Pride Festival’s “Family” Theme Reflects Community’s Hopes about Marriage Equality

  County Executive, Thomas DeGise & Hudson Pride Connections Center Members at the Hudson County Flag Raising for JC Pride Festival 2013 New Jersey is just one of only two states in the northeastern United States where marriage equality has not yet been achieved. When the Supreme Court ruled earlier this summer to overturn the

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Speeches by Michelle Obama, Cory Booker and LGBT Luncheon at the DNC

Tuesday night, the first night of the convention, was just electric – there’s no other way to describe it. From Cory Booker’s dynamic speech through First Lady Michelle Obama’s incredible turn at the podium, the Time Warner Center was abuzz with excitement and renewed optimism for President Obama and the Democratic ticket.  Governor Deval Patrick lit

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